Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will commence operations to Madinah in Saudi Arabia next month.

The airline will operate a daily service from February 14, with one-way fares of the ultra low-cost carrier starting at Dhs179.

It will depart from Abu Dhabi every day at 6.20am and land in Madinah at 8.35am. It will then take off from Madinah at 9.15am and land back in the capital of the UAE at 12.40pm.

Khalil Lamrabet, chief executive officer of the Air Connectivity Program, said: “With Wizz Air deploying increased route capacity to meet rising tourism demand the carrier is taking another step toward growing its operations in Saudi Arabia. In supporting direct travel within the region, we are strengthening point-to-point connectivity and unlocking affordable travel opportunities for our guests, allowing them to experience one of the Arab world’s holiest and most treasured cities. We look forward to exploring additional air routes as we work to build market supply for the kingdom’s burgeoning tourism sector.”

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recently added the eighth aircraft to its fleet, a new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

In August last year, Wizz Air announced a major expansion drive whereby it will launch 20 new routes to Saudi Arabia over the coming months. Those new routes include Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Larnaca, Milan, Naples, Rome, Sofia, Tirana, Venice and Vienna to several destinations in Saudi Arabia such as Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

The airline last year signed an MoU with the Ministry of Investment for Saudi Arabia in support of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme which aims to triple the country’s passenger traffic by 2030.